TEACH FOR AMERICA
The Effectiveness of Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America and the Teaching Fellows Programs
In September, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education released the largest and most rigorous study on Teach For America in nearly a decade which concluded that students randomly assigned to corps members’ middle and high school math classrooms advanced an additional 2.6 months per year compared to those assigned to other classrooms—whether they were taught by novices or veterans, and by traditionally or alternatively prepared teachers.
Melissa A. Clark, Hanley S. Chiang, Tim Silva, Sheena McConnell, Kathy Sonnenfeld, and Anastasia Erbe (2013). Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Impacts of Teach For America on Early Grade Student Academic Achievement in Reading
This randomized control trial provides the first rigorous evidence of the impact of Teach For America teachers on early grade student achievement. The study found that, on average, TFA corps members in lower elementary grades (prekindergarten through grade 2) had a positive, statistically significant effect on students’ reading achievement, equivalent to 1.3 additional months of learning, when compared to other teachers in the same schools.
Melissa A. Clark, Eric Isenberg, Albert Y. Liu, Libby Makowsky, and Marykate Zukiewicz (2017). Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Department of Quantitative Social Science: Matched panel data estimates of the impact of Teach First on school and departmental performance
In this most recent study, researchers found that General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) students benefited from the presence of a Teach First teacher in their school. The research demonstrated that in years two and three after a Teach First teacher’s introduction into a school there were school-wide gains of approximately 5% of a standard deviation, or a boost of one grade in one of a pupil’s eight best subjects.
Rebecca Allen and Jay Allnutt (2013). Department of Quantitative Social Science, Institute of Education, University of London
Estimating the Impact of Placing Top University Graduates in Vulnerable Schools in Chile
A 2010 Inter-American Development Bank study suggests a positive correlation between students being taught by Enseña Chile teachers and those students’ results on Spanish and math tests, as well as students’ non-cognitive abilities, such as self-esteem, self-efficacy, and intellectual and meta-cognitive abilities.
Mariana Alfonso, Ana Santiago, and Mariana Bassi (2010). Inter-American Development Bank
Program Performance & Delivery
Leadership Development Programme Inspection Report
In 2016, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), England’s body for school inspections, rated Teach First Leadership Development Programme, outstanding in 41 of 48 categories. The inspectors highlighted the significant impact Teach First are making in collaboration with university partners, schools, headteachers and teachers. Participants were also praised for their readiness and commitment to addressing inequality in education.
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) (2016)
Evaluation of the Delivery of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme Cymru (Wales)
In 2016, Arad Research conducted an independent process and outcomes evaluation of Teach First Cymru (Wales). The evaluators found that Teach First has effectively delivered several components of the leadership development program such as recruitment, summer institute, and ongoing support of Teach First ambassadors. Furthermore, the evaluation demonstrated that participants’ teaching skills improved considerably during the course of the programme.
Arad Research (2016)
TEACH FIRST NZ
Final Independent Process and Performance Evaluation of Teach First New Zealand
The final of three annual performance evaluations of Teach First New Zealand concludes that the program continues to be effectively implemented, and has achieved its overall outcomes and objectives to develop effective participants who lead , and contribute, to reducing educational inequality in New Zealand.
Jenny Whatman, Jo MacDonald, and Eliza Stevens (2017). Ministry of Education New Zealand. NZCER.